By John Pedler
Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Updated: September 17, 2021 at 2:25 pm
These days, cruise ships are a cross between floating villages and seaborne resorts. They have shopping arcades, a variety of bars and restaurants, cinemas and live theatrical shows, and everything you’d expect to find in a small town that’s solely dedicated to having a good time.
Twenty-four-hour pizza and ice-cream – job done! But there’s more than just all-day snacks to keep the kids busy on a Carnival cruise. The Spirit has the largest shipboard waterpark in Australia, with something for all ages.
Little tackers can scoot down the smaller slides, while bigger kids can experience the near-vertical freefall of the Green Thunder waterslide. There’s also mini-golf, a basketball court, and even a Build-a-Bear Workshop.
Every evening by the pool, the outdoor cinema shows the latest flicks. Family movie nights can be enjoyed from the comfort of lounge chairs or, in a serious nod to the cruising lifestyle, you can watch from the pool.
There’s a range of supervised kids’ activities including Club 02, a teen hangout for 15 to 17-year-olds. Organisers can even plan teen-only shore excursions, for when everyone in the family needs some time with their own age group.
Where you can go: Pacific Islands, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand